ELA Annual Conference and Dinner 2019

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Tue, 25 Jun 2019
London (National)
Venue Address:
Royal Lancaster London,
Lancaster Terrace,
London W2 2TY
To be confirmed
Event Type:
Annual Conference
Conference times: 9.15am for 9.50am start until 5.30pm; Dinner times: Reception at 6.30pm Dinner at 7.45pm
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ELA Annual Conference and Dinner 2019
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Conference times: 9.15am for 9.50am start until 5.30pm                 

Conference fee: £325 + VAT full price. 

There is a 30% out-of-region discount and a 50% discount to members working in the voluntary sector and to pupil barristers and barristers with less than 2 year’s call available on the full rate (there is no deadline to take up these discounts).

Dinner times: Reception at 6.30pm  Dinner at 7.45pm

Dinner fee: £50 + VAT 

The conference opens with a plenary session

Race equality in the UK – a work in progress

Chair: Paul McFarlane from Weightmans and Chair of ELA L&P Committee


Sally Bucknell, Director, Diversity & Inclusiveness, Ernst & Young

Kiran Daurka, Leigh Day; Co-Chair of ELA working party on Ethnicity Pay Reporting

Sandra Kerr, Race Equality Director, Business in the Community

Dr Nicola Rollock, Reader in Equity & Education, Goldsmiths, University of London

There will be a choice of break out sessions running throughout the day:

We will update you as further details are confirmed.

Sexual Misconduct Investigations: how to manage the employment, regulatory and criminal aspects 

Beth Hale, CM Murray, Robbie Sinclair, Allen & Overy and  Matthew Hardcastle, Kingsley Napley

National Minimum Wage: traps and tips 

Simon Rice-Birchall and Michael Hardiman,  Eversheds Sutherland

The Imprecise Science - practical lessons from recent business protection cases

Mohinderpal Sethi QC, Littleton Chambers and Peter de Maria, Doyle Clayton

The Senior Managers and Certification Regime: addressing some of the tricky issues employment lawyers are tackling

Richard Leiper QC, 11KBW

Worker Status Update - where we are and where are we heading? 

David Reade QC and Lydia Bannerjee, Littleton Chambers

IR35: what employment lawyers need to know 

John Dunlop, Tax Partner DACBeachcroft LLP and Chris Stone, Devereux Chambers

Resilience in the Face of Change

Dr Alan Watkins CEO and Founder of Complete Coherence

Acting For and Against an Insolvent Employer

(speaker tba)

How to Help your Barrister to Win your Employment Tribunal Case: tactics in the Tribunal

Jason Braier and Orlando Holloway, 42 Bedford Row

The Scope of Claims Against Directors, Partners and LLPs, following Osipov and Wilson Solicitors LLP v Roberts 

Claire Darwin, Matrix and Annabel Mackay, Addleshaw Goddard LLP

Cross Border Enforcement – issues in the employment law context 

(speaker tba)

Preventing and Resolving Conflict: in the workplace and the tribunal: it’s never too soon to consider and it’s sometimes too late 

Camilla Palmer QC (Hon), Your Employment Settlement Service (YESS)

GDPR One Year In: what practical lessons have we learned? 

Piers Leigh Pollitt, Doyle Clayton

Timetable overview

From 9.15am     Registration and Tea/Coffee

9.50am               Welcome from the Chair

10.00am             Plenary Session

12.00pm           Break out Session 1

1.15pm              Lunch

2.30pm            Break out Session 2

3.45pm             Tea/Coffee

4.15pm           Break out session 3

5.30pm             Close of conference

5.45-6.15pm      AGM

6.30pm              Drinks reception

7.45pm             Dinner


The conference and dinner fees do not include accommodation. We have a small allocation of bedrooms on the nights of Monday 24 June and Tuesday 25 June 2019 at the Royal Lancaster London. The rate is £225 B&B (single occupancy) + VAT.  The hotel will release any unsold bedrooms on 23 May 2019. 

We recommend you look at the Royal Lancaster’s best available rates online as it may be cheaper than our rate. However, as we get closer to the date, our rate will be cheaper than their online rates.